Wisconsin Education Association Council
WEAC members Brenda Martinez, Radames Galarza and Elissa Guarnero, a bilingual teaching team at A.L.B.A. Elementary in Milwaukee, are among People Magazine’s 2013 Teachers of the Year. These three Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA) members are among just six winners nationwide and the first team winners in the People Magazine program.
According to the magazine:
These extraordinary educator “banded together 10 years ago to found A.L.B.A., a bilingual fine arts elementary school. Before that, as they wrote in their application essay, “We found ourselves teaching at schools where bilingual students were treated as though their culture and language was a liability rather than an asset.”
Under their leadership, students are defying the odds. A.L.B.A.’s students have achieved proficiency levels that meet or exceed state averages. By implementing culturally relevant lesson plans they celebrate their students’ backgrounds and set them on a path to learning for a lifetime.